mu·​ral | \ ˈmyu̇r-əl How to pronounce mural (audio) \

Definition of mural

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : of, relating to, or resembling a wall
2 : applied to and made integral with a wall or ceiling surface



Definition of mural (Entry 2 of 2)

: a mural work of art (such as a painting)

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muralist \ ˈmyu̇r-​ə-​list How to pronounce muralist (audio) \ noun

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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Was there really a mural wall on Melrose that could only be used by influencers with more than 20,000 followers? Los Angeles Times, "Column: We’re thoughtful about what we eat. How come we’re thoughtless about what we share online?," 9 Sep. 2019 Children’s activities include haystack jumping, mural painting, messy art, face painting, and more. Necee Regis,, "Here, there, and everywhere," 3 Sep. 2019 Robin Hays, a Milpitas art commissioner since 2000, will discuss the commission’s plans to bring street, sidewalk, and mural art to the City of Milpitas. Anne Gelhaus, The Mercury News, "Milpitas community briefs for the week of Aug. 2," 2 Aug. 2019 Activities include mural painting, sandcastle building, kayak paddling demos, yoga, drum circles, and ukulele performances. Houston Chronicle, "Have fun in Galveston without breaking the bank," 14 June 2019 The resulting image is a paradox, a loose but gilded sketch blown up to mural size. Sharon Mizota,, "‘Migrant Caravan’ isn’t so different from ‘Disco!’ in this artist’s hands," 1 July 2019 Linares also wants to focus on cultural preservation through the arts, and to celebrate the neighborhood’s Latinx heritage with mural art. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Can high-profile park projects, catalysts for development, play nice with neighboring communities?," 17 July 2018 The Facebook post garnered mostly positive comments, though some suggested other mural ideas and one voiced concern about a lack of input from nearby residents. Priscella Vega,, "Proposed Huntington Beach mural draws mixed response," 31 May 2018 Local residents are invited to support a Lynn organization that plans to present a mural festival in the city this summer. John Laidler,, "Beyond Walls is fund-raising for mural festival in Lynn," 29 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

See a live mural created before your eyes, sample good eats from the likes of Little Sesame and Tiger Fork, and browse sundries for sale from shops including GoodWood and She Loves Me. Washington Post, "15 things to do in the D.C. area this weekend," 13 Sep. 2019 Keer and his team created five anamorphic art murals. Karen Pilarski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The Ponds of Brookfield ice rink is now home to 3D murals made by a world-renowned street artist," 13 Sep. 2019 One of the garden’s defining features is a five-paneled ceramic mural with each panel representing a period of Ethiopian history. Joey Morona,, "Ethiopian Cultural Garden dedication and 10 more things to do in Cleveland this weekend," 24 Aug. 2019 Manuel and Patricia Oliver have traveled the country painting murals to honor the memory of their son Joaquin, who was one of 17 people killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last February. Eric Levenson, CNN, "Parkland victim's parents were near El Paso on Saturday to support immigrants," 5 Aug. 2019 Giant murals have been painted all over the city, showcasing his poems. New York Times, "A Rebel French Poet Draws New Followers to the Hometown He Hated," 16 Sep. 2019 El Pollo Loco, which has nearly 500 stores in California, Nevada, Arizona, Texas, Utah and Louisiana is looking to bring back lost Latino-themed murals in downtown Los Angeles, if only in virtual form. Jefferson Graham, USA TODAY, "El Pollo Loco embracing Snapchat augmented reality for Hispanic Heritage Month," 14 Sep. 2019 The marker will join an alleyway mural in downtown Laramie that was dedicated last year and ceremony caps five days of ceremonies and discussions about the infamous dismissal of all the university's black players in 1969. Mead Gruver,, "University of Wyoming marks 1969 ouster of black players," 13 Sep. 2019 The marker will join an alleyway mural in downtown Laramie that was dedicated last year and cap five days of ceremonies and discussions about the infamous dismissal of all the university's black players in 1969. NBC News, "14 black football players kicked off team over protest armbands are honored 50 years later," 13 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of mural


1561, in the meaning defined at sense 2


1908, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for mural


Latin muralis, from murus wall — more at munition

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English Language Learners Definition of mural

: a usually large painting that is done directly on the surface of a wall


mu·​ral | \ ˈmyu̇r-el\

Kids Definition of mural

: a usually large painting on a wall or ceiling


mu·​ral | \ ˈmyu̇r-əl How to pronounce mural (audio) \

Medical Definition of mural

: attached to and limited to a wall or a cavity a mural thrombus mural abscesses

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